How we make a Difference

Northern Health Foundation raises funds to provide Northern Health with state-of-the art medical equipment which will improve patient care and comfort across our health service here in the North.  Over the last 18 months we have funded more than $800,000 in medical equipment and research across our four campuses.  All focused on improving patient care and comfort now and into the future.

Following we share patient stories and the projects that have been funded over the last two years.

Northern Health Foundation Defibrillator Appeal

Northern Health Foundation together with our donors, business partners, local businesses and the community have helped raise over $300,000 to purchase defibrillators for Northern Health.  Defibrillators save lives and it is important they are readily accessible across our health service.

Umit Kursat and his wife Tulay discovered first hand that a cardiac arrest can happen anytime and without warning.  Umit’s life was saved because there was a defibrillator on-hand.  Hear their story below:

In 2020, the Foundation will continue to work to fund the areas of greatest need across the North with two key projects currently high on our agenda. 


Ultrasound Service or EBUS   –  $425,000

EBUS will allow us to diagnose and stage suspected lung cancer – currently our patients in the North need to be referred to other health services for these tests which causes significant delays in commencing treatment and care of our Respiratory patients.

Learn more EBUS Prospectus 2020.

Intestinal Ultrasound   –  $150,000

An Intestinal Ultrasound Unit for our Gastroenterology Service will support diagnosis and treatment of a range of Gut Diseases including Crohn’s and Colitis.  Our patients in the North need to be referred to other health services for tests causing significant delays in commencing treatment and care.

Funding this equipment will greatly improve our patient care across these two services and ensure that our patients have access to these tests here at their local health service – the same as every other Victorian.

If you would like to donate to our appeal click here.

To learn more about the work of Northern Health Foundation contact us on (03) 8405 2987 or email northernhealthfoundation@nh.org.au.